Rep. Susi Hamilton to become Carolina Beach Town Manager

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Submitted: Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:53am
Updated: Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:58pm

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) has a new job. She is taking over as town manager in Carolina Beach.

Hamilton is currently serving her second term in the North Carolina General Assembly. Her district runs from downtown Wilmington through northern Brunswick County.

Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis says more than 100 applicants applied for the job.

He says council’s decision to hire Hamilton was based on several key factors including her experience in the legislature.

Town leaders say they still need to discuss Hamilton’s schedule to see if she will be able to do both jobs.

“I think that is something that we are going to be addressing in the next week or two for sure, whether or not she will be doing both jobs or if she will be resigning,” said Jodi Smith, Carolina Beach Council Member.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted the position of Town Manager of Carolina Beach, and look forward to working diligently and effectively for its citizens,” Hamilton said in a statement. “It is important to note that the North Carolina General Assembly does not require a member to resign in order to accept a full time position, and there are no immediate plans for any change in my elected status. I am extremely excited to have this opportunity, and look forward to continuing to serve our community.”

The Town Manager is Chief Executive Officer for the Town Government and is responsible for developing, interpreting and implementing policies of the council.

Hamilton is expected to start work on August 5.


  • guestawmighty says:

    I know Rep. Hamilton says service as town manager would not conflict with General Assembly rules. However, last time I checked, state law trumps General Assembly rules. Two years ago when Tabor City Town Manager Al Leonard unsuccessfully ran in the State House Democratic Primary against Ken Waddell, he was advised by the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill that his simultaneous service as town manager and legislator would be illegal. Rep. Hamilton might want to research this.

  • Guestjohn says:

    This is a horrible choice for Carolina Beach. Hamilton has ticked off every Republican in Raleigh and in New Hanover County. She has voted the 100% liberal line and has personally attacked our Republican legislative delegation and Governor with vitriolic language. Carolina Beach has really isolated itself now! Hamilton’s so-called legislative experience is her worst liability. She has smeared Senator Goolsby and Representatives Catlin and Davis. She has no class and no political discernment. No wonder she was rated as one of the least effective representatives in the legislature.

  • Gabrielle S. Barone says:

    Isn’t it a conflict of interest for a Representative of the North Carolina House to be a Town Manager? Someone should check the law on this one, but it is my understanding that in order to be a Town (City) Manager, one must resign from the North Carolina House…or Vice Versa. I’m surprised that the legalities of this situation were not considered and that someone in the press has not done relevant research.

  • Guest21 says:

    Town residents better get ready to pay higher taxes and all visitors of the beach need to get ready to pay higher taxes and fees. Susi the tax and spend liberal is coming to town!

  • Pedro says:

    they might as well select one who is hawt! Good pick!

  • Theo says:

    … being “hawt” is the most desired qualification for managing a municipality. The fact she’s a corrupt, tax-and-spend liberal with a history of voting for bills further limiting or eliminating basic freedoms shouldn’t play a role in the selection process.

    Have you even asked yourself why she’s taking a “demotion” to take this gig? It’s because she’s got so much stink on her in The House even her fellow dems won’t work with her anymore.

    I already avoid Carolina Beach so you people deserve what you get from her. Plan for higher taxes, higher “fees” and a general socialistic state there on “Pleasure Island.”

  • Que-es? says:

    What is it that makes her especially qualified to do this job? We all know she is a NC democrat house member, but what are her other managerial qualifications?

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    But I assume you are providing reference to her appearance. What’s wrong, you haven’t received your July issue of Hustler magazine to drool over yet?

  • guesty says:

    I hope she is not your standard of hawt.

  • Guest1971 says:

    I cannot think of one at the moment but wonder what will happen if legislation comes up that pits the interests of the constituents she represents against the interests of Carolina Beach? Will she abstain?

  • Guest45 says:

    I venture to say she’ll do well as long as she has unlimited tax payer funds to work with, residents better have some deep pockets judging by her voting choice’s, she believes money grows on tree’s.

  • truthseeker says:

    Residents of Carolina Beach this woman just voted no on legislation passed to prevent Feds from messing with your gun owner rights. As the Police Chief’s boss she can rain hell on your rights. She is a liberal politician who would just as soon as remove your rights as a gun owner than protect the 2nd Amendment. Of course it is a political move in the first place to give her this position and will be a detriment to Carolina Beach residents as she is not qualified. But, Carolina Beach is known for its politics so time to root this out and elect people with your interest. I bet if hired she gets a pay raise almost immediately.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …her connections in government may work well to secure beach renourishment and inlet dredging programs that are badly needed and important for the local economy. A few of the current infantile CB council members didn’t have a clue what they were doing when attempting to oust Tim Owens!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    she will have to remove herself from any bill which could provide some benefit to her employer, Carolina Beach. Beach renourishment; will not be able to vote. Beach funding; will not be able to vote.

    I am uncertain whether she could even debate or present data on an issue or bill affecting Carolina Beach.

    Hopefully, the Council Members considered that.

  • RSimmons says:

    Considering how many important votes she was absent (avoiding?) from in Raleigh, she should have plenty of time for another job. For what little
    work and time she has expended in Raleigh. Her(my)district is largely unrepresented.

  • Guest87680 says:

    She did make her way up to Raleigh to vote against HB 937. Definite party line liberal.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    If so, it defeats the 2 most important issues that face the CB town manager. It could be the result of more short-sighted and inexperienced council member decisions. I dread believing that to be the case as I’ve already seen enough of that. Hopefully, some sort of longer term plan is in consideration that we may not be aware of.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    just about every other week. The House Speaker will not allow her to vote on any issue which could in some way affect Carolina Beach, her new employer. As he is a Republican, and she is not, he won’t hesitate to call her on it. Whether she can give testimony or speak on an issue near and dear to Coastal dwellers or Carolina Beach, I am not certain on.

    But she has voided her vote on any topic which affects Carolina Beach.

  • Decidealot says:

    Man has that picture of her been photoshooppeedd!!! Wow! (And is like 20 years old..)

  • Guest 10101 says:

    Ms. Hamilton’s tax and spend philosophy is essentially compatible with current town leadership. They should work well together.

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